The Benue State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has destroyed 4.73 metric tonnes of Idian hemp and psychotropic substances worth millions of naira.
According to a statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Affairs , Mr. James Uloko and made available to LEADERSHIP the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam who witnessed the destruction commended the agency for its effort in stemming the tide of drug consumption and addiction by a growing number of youths who have developed huge appetite for the illegal substances.
The Governor who expressed joy at the development, said his administration had in a genuine bid to curtail the hazards accompanying the unhealthy consumption of drugs banned the use of illicit gin, popularly known as Ogogoro in the state.
Governor Suswam who called on parents to keep an eye on their children in order to check early abuses of drug and drug related substances also commissioned the renovated NDLEA office complex.
In his remarks, the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade disclosed that a total of 4,730.085 kg of cannabis seized from trafficking syndicates across the state between 2008 and 2011 had to be destroyed in line with the Agency’s laws adding that drug trafficking and abuse constituted a grave threat to peace and security in the country.
While disclosing that his agency had been winning the war against illicit drug use and trafficking, he boasted that in spite of the numerous challenges facing the command his officials had been up to the task of riding the country of illicit drugs. He reiterated his agency’s resolve to chase drug barons out of the illicit trade, as the safety of the country depended on counter narcotic measures which are in place.
On her part, Commander NDLEA Benue State Command, Mrs Chinyere Obijuru had disclosed that her command had, in the same period, arrested 75 suspects and convicted 22 persons for drug related offenses. She reiterated her command’s avowed determination to fight drug trafficking in the state.